Mary Katherine Foxen
May 28, 1957 – January 11, 2017
Mary Katherine Foxen “Kathy” (59) Our Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Great-Grandmother, and Friend went home to her Heavenly Father January 11, 2017. Kathy is survived by her 5 Children: Tammy Lujan (Bryan), Mikel Smith, Jamie Matheny, Jody Gray (Dale), and Brittany Fisher. 20 Grandchildren: Carisa, Cassandra, Jeffery, Jenica, Azure, Koli, Harley, Djinn, Amy, Kaiya, Taezia, Izayiah, Hunter, Nathan, Kayeleigh, Christopher, Autumn, Matthew, Michael, and Alyssa, 8 Great-Grandchildren: Peyton, Jason, Emma, Jaykeb, Rowen, Nevaeh, Daniel, Jessica. Her Brother Larry Brown and her Life Sister Ruby Huggler. Kathy was preceded in death by her Mother Betty Brown and her Father Hurbert Brown. She was surrounded by her family and friends and went to God peacefully. She spent her entire life with infectious passion, passion for God, family, friends, her Cherokee heritage, and singing. In this heartbreaking time for us we choose to celebrate her life, we choose to share who she was and what she lived for, for she was a Godly woman with many inspirations and convictions. She impacted everyone’s life she entered and everyone was a better person by knowing her, she was unafraid to share her beliefs and teach those around her about her unwavering faith. Kathy was born on May 28, 1957 in Chicago, IL to Hurbert and Betty Brown. Her family moved to Orange County, CA where she was raised. She enjoyed many things in her youth but one she was always very proud of was her modeling days and wow what a beauty she was! She had two marriages her first to Mikel K Smith where she was blessed with two incredible children Tammy Lujan and Mikel K Smith Jr, she lived in Utah for a time with them and she would tell us great stories from her time in Santaquin, UT. She eventually moved back to California after her divorce and met her second husband Dell Foxen and together their family grew from 2 each to 4 combined, Jamie Matheny and Jody Gray were the daughters of Dell Foxen and were 4 and 6 years old at the time. A few short years later they were blessed with a daughter of their own, Brittany Fisher which was the moment our family became 5 and we were all one cohesive family. She wanted to live where she could have horses and raise us out of the city, so we moved to Parris, CA and her dream came true to have her horses once again. She was all about family and when her father’s health began to deteriorate she needed to move back close to them so off to Tustin, CA we went. She was an incredible caregiver to her parents, first to her Father Hubert and then to her mom after he had passed. In Tustin is where she met her Life sister Ruby Huggler, a friendship that lasted with such intensity and love that sister was what they called each other, we are sure at the time they did not realize that their friendship would grow into something so incredible and powerful. She was so very blessed and she let us all know how honored she was to find a friend so great and true. In the mid 90’s Kathy and Dell moved to Rose Park, UT with all of us kids and we brought her mom with us where she was her caregiver until she passed away. A short time later Dell’s father passed away so they moved back to California where Kathy took care of Dell’s mother until she also passed away. She was always taking care of everyone, the time and love and care she provided for her and her husband's parents was the type of selfless love she put into all her relationships. They then moved to Pleasant View, Utah in the late 90’s after Dell got the job there, she loved Utah so she was happy to go back. After a few years Kathy and Dell divorced, then she devoted all her time and love into her family. She single handedly kept us all together, she was so strong and such a fighter and we are all still a family because of her dedication. She went back and forth from Utah and California after this but ended up here in Utah with all of her children. Kathy’s greatest love besides her faith was her brother Larry Brown. She was always his biggest caregiver, supporter, advocate, and so many more things. She made sure each one of us kids had a relationship with our uncle and even after she left this world she is still making sure he is cared for. Through her we got to grow up feeling like he was right here with us. She would tell us such great stories of the two of them growing up, the love they have for one another is so incredibly powerful. Kathy also had her extended “adoptive family” she made our childhood friends feel like they were part of her family, her kids. She opened her door to anyone who needed it, a place to crash, a place to live, she fed them if they were hungry, she prayed for them, and she sang with them, she loved them. And they loved her as a mother figure in their lives as well. Kathy had many loves in this world and was incredibly talented.
- Visitation Monday, January 16, 2017
- Funeral Service Monday, January 16, 2017
Mary Katherine Foxen
January 16, 2017
I have said this in comments regarding Kathy on Facebook, although we grew up as kids together, we lead different lives completely. My father Jess had 3 children from his first marriage. Hurbert, Mattie Mae and Katherine, Hurbert and I were not the closest of brothers - due mostly to the differences in our ages really. He had already started his family and visiting was limited at best back then. I did what I could do to keep in touch with all my family members. Being from a rather large family isn't always the easiest thing to do. I truly loved my niece Kathy Foxen. I want only the best to happen for her children, as I'm sure she would agree. It is with great sadness that I cannot attend her service. However, another member of my family will indeed be there, my sister Nancy Poteet. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts Kathy, I had really hoped and prayed we'd see each other again before either one of us left this world. God Bless you and welcome you into his Kingdom with open arms.
January 16, 2017
You have been and will always be missed. I'm so very thankful for the fun times and memories with you. Rest in peace. May God bless you. May God bless your family as they go through this most difficult time.
Your friend, Susie
January 15, 2017
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Kathy was a genuine sweetheart. May God bless all of the family....Sincerely
January 13, 2017
May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11